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3D Printing Tutorials

We're full time makers and use 3D Printers almost daily. We've learnt our lesson with kit / DIY printers, time is precious and since when is quality ever not-important. That's why we only use trusted 3D Printers that are backed by innovative leaders within the industry.

To help kickstart you into your 3D Printing projects, we've put together a range of tutorials and guides. We're here to help as well.

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Tune your First Layer - Z Offsets

Out of the box, a LulzBot 3D Printer comes tuned to perform exactly as you need it to. But over time we flash new firmwares, take our printers cross country, swap tool heads, perform cold pulls and a whole swathe of other things that could slowly tak...

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8 Oct 2018

Support Material: Printing and Removal

By default, FFF/FDM 3D Printers require the 3D Models they print to grow up from the Print bed at an angle of 45 or more. This is by far the biggest limitation of all 3D Printers. To print models that don't follow that rule, and have parts hanging ou...

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8 Oct 2018

Designing FDM 3D Printed Parts for Manufacture

Recently, we've talked a lot about Slicing software, settings, materials and the like. It's time to take a deeper dive into the actual design of model files. We've got a basics guide for Computer Aided Design available here. We're going to help expla...

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14 Mar 2018

OctoPrint Integration with Cura 2.6+ Lulzbot Edition

OctoPrint Integration is one of my favourite new features in Cura 2.6+: LulzBot Edition. In short, this integration means that you can print and control your 3D Printer via it's OctoPrint server. All from within your slicer window on your PC. The cur...

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23 Feb 2018

Cura 2: Lulzbot Edition for Intermediate Users

After some serious touch time your LulzBot 3D Printer and the quick print options in Cura 2, it's more than likely that you want to make more specific changes to the way 3D Models are printed. Whether it be, changing the support type and style to mak...

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13 Feb 2018

Cura 2: LulzBot Edition - An Overview for Beginners

Now that we are all on track with our Slicer software, having just installed Cura 2 and upgraded our printer firmware, let's work on turning some 3D Model files into G-Code for our 3D Printer to create. We're going to be using our LulzBot Mini to sli...

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6 Feb 2018

Cura 2 LulzBot Edition: Installing or Upgrading

In November of 2017, our friends over at LulzBot released a major software update to their Slicing software, Cura. In this tutorial, we will look at what Cura is and does, the process of installing Cura 2 onto a PC already running Cura 21.xx, upgradi...

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5 Feb 2018

Third Hand Webcam Mount for the LulzBot Taz 6

When making a webcam mount for your 3D Printer, there are physical limitations for where you can have the camera sitting safely throughout the whole print. A while back, we remixed a really nicely designed bed mount for the Raspi Camera so that it wo...

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30 Jan 2018

Unleash your creativity: 3D Printing with Soluble Supports

Recently, we got a brand new Dual Extruder v3 Tool Head from LulzBot and took a dive into the design of it, mainly, what makes it so great for Dual Extrusion with our 3D Printers. First, a quick recap, Dual Extruding is the process of using two filam...

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23 Jan 2018

Unconstrained 3D Printing with LulzBot's Dual Extruder v3

Dual Extruding with FDM 3D Printers is typically reserved for the most expert-level makers. By adding the ability to print with 2 materials, you open yourself up to a spread of conditions that simply didn't exist with a single extruder setup. But tho...

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16 Jan 2018

The Maker Revolution

The Maker Revolution celebrates the creation of new devices and the modification of existing ones - the transition from a consumer buying goods to eventually having a major part in their creation. The Maker Revolution places strong emphasis on free (...

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15 Jul 2017

Tips for Installing your Lulzbot TAZ 6 Enclosure

With winter currently in full swing, there's a particularly annoying 3D printing problem that is rearing its ugly head, Warping. For those who don't know, warping is what happens when parts of a printed model shrink due to cold drafts across the heat...

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14 Jul 2017

3D Printing Cheat Sheet

Wouldn't it be great to have a single image, that encapsulated a tonne of handy 3D printing tips and information to hang on the wall behind your 3D Printer? Well, we agree so much so that we've gone ahead and created this infographic/cheat sheet hybr...

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12 Jul 2017

The Lulzbot 3D Printers: Mini vs Taz

Hailing from Aleph Objects in Loveland, Colorado, the Lulzbot range of 3D printers are world renown for their quality, reliability and ease of use. The reason they're so popular? Apart from the gilded Lulzbot technical support (practically 24/7 World...

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19 Jun 2017

Our Review of the MOARstruder by Lulzbot

Toolheads for your 3D printer come in all shapes and sizes. The different models available from Lulzbot are all designed with a specific purpose in mind, usually to add a filament type to your 3D printing repertoire. Dual extruders enable you to prin...

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2 Feb 2017

Geting Started with CAD for 3D Printing

If you've picked yourself up a 3D printer, you've no doubt printed yourself a heap of models from Thingiverse by now. It's great fun and the best way to learn how to control the options you have available through Cura; scaling, rotating and tweaking ...

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1 Dec 2016

PLA 3D Printing Tips

PLA is Poly-Lactic Acid filament, and it's usually the go-to choice for people looking to print larger models or for longer periods of time. The important properties of the material dictate the reasons for using it; it doesn't warp at all and can pri...

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23 Oct 2016

Printing with Rigid and Flexible Filaments

LulzBot have released the Aerostruder for both Mini and Taz Printers now (Mid 2018). It features a Titan Aero Extruder from E3D, which makes it capable of printing in flexible filament and rigid filament, depending on the situation! It's an awesome u...

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27 Sep 2016

Your First Print with a Lulzbot 3D Printer

Once you receive and unbox your Lulzbot machine you might be so eager to print things, you skip a few steps in the setup process and all of a sudden you are having all sorts of difficulties that you can’t understand. It happens, what you need i...

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23 Sep 2016

3D Printing Filament Guide

There are a wide range of filaments available in FDM 3D printing; it’s easy to get lost in all the abbreviations, acronyms, and temperatures. We’ve decided to bring together the most relevant information when selecting filament for y...

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20 Sep 2016

FAQ on Lulzbot Support and Warranty

What level of support do I get with my Lulzbot products? For all technical support enquiries for anything Lulzbot related, Aleph Objects have support covered all-day long. Email [email protected] and the team over at AO will get back to you as soo...

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24 Aug 2016

Cura: 3D printing software for your Lulzbot Printer

Once you setup your printer and finish printing your first rocktopus, you will inevitably want to move onto more ambitious prints right away. It’s understandable, all the possibilities all at once, I get it. We are going to step you through the...

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30 Jun 2016

Our Lulzbot Taz 6 Review

Lulzbot is constantly building upon their printer's design, incorporating the best modifications and add-ons from the community into their newer models.  In May 2016, their newest addition to the TAZ line of printers, the TAZ 6 was released...

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29 Jun 2016

Setting up your OctoPi Kit

So you have just received your OctoPi kit and you are looking to get it up and running. All you need to do is grab out all the parts you received and around 20 minutes of time. To connect your OctoPi to the network you need to decide what network in...

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29 Jun 2016

Remote 3D Printing with OctoPi

Remote control of your 3D printer is a particularly appealing concept, especially if you've been forced into printing via USB in the past. Using your new 3D printer should be as simple as plugging it in, uploading some G-Code and pressing 'Print'. Ho...

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22 Jun 2016

How 3D Printing Works

3D Printing is one of the ways we can turn virtual 3-dimensional models into real world objects. It is an Additive manufacturing (AM) process, building models layer by layer. AM is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which takes a block of mate...

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21 Jun 2016

3D Printing Workshop

Welcome to the 3D Printing Workshop! I'm Aidan from Core Electronics and in this workshop we are going to take a hands-on journey into the exciting technology that is 3D printing. I have personally spent the past 12 months immersing myself into eve...

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13 Feb 2016